Here are tips to help you deal with emotional changes after giving birth

It is normal for your moods and emotions to swing from happy to sad. (Shutterstock)
Updated 25 November 2019

Here are tips to help you deal with emotional changes after giving birth

DUBAI: Giving birth is tiring, it is a strain on you both physically and emotionally. Added to this you have huge hormonal changes going on within your body and you have just been handed a brand new baby to care for!  As greatly anticipated and exciting as this is that the moment you meet your new baby has finally arrived, in the hours and first few days after the birth expect to feel a mixture of elation and exhaustion and few other emotions besides.

You need time to adjust to your body’s changes and the needs of your baby at a time you are also tired and perhaps overwhelmed. It is normal for your moods and emotions to swing from happy to sad and for smiles to turn to tears and back again at a moment’s notice.

Normal signs of these post post-delivery emotions and feeling include the following, and you may experience all or some of these in the days immediately after delivery.

  • Going from feeling happy to sad quickly (mood swings)
  • Crying suddenly and for no reason
  • Feeling restless or anxious
  • Little patience or tolerance
  • Lack of appetite
  • Difficulty in thinking
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Easily irritated or annoyed
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Sleep problems, wanting to sleep too much or being unable to sleep




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These feelings should disappear within a few days or lessen over the next few weeks as your body adjusts and you settle into the routine of looking after your new baby.

Meanwhile be kind to yourself and be reassured that what you are experiencing is a normal part of adjusting to motherhood. Ask for help if you need it and accept help when it is offered. Rest when you can ideally when your baby sleeps – those other jobs can wait. If you can get out in the fresh air with your baby or if someone can watch your baby to allow you a short break to take a walk then take it. Communicate your feelings; talk to your partner, your family and your health care professional about how you are feeling.

In some cases these normal post-natal feelings become too difficult or prolonged. If this is the case for you and that you feel too overwhelmed and that things are not getting better contact your doctor who will be able to help. If you ever feel you may harm your baby in some way then contact your doctor immediately.

This article was first published on babyarabia.com


Baby Talk: Are you going overboard regarding your children’s hygiene?

It’s been observed that children who are exposed to allergens and bacteria early in their infancy suffer less from the allergies and asthma later on. (Shutterstock)
Updated 27 January 2020

Baby Talk: Are you going overboard regarding your children’s hygiene?

  • Asthma and immune system specialists stress that excessively clean environments can promote allergies in later stages of children’s lives, especially food allergies and asthma

DUBAI: Do you overdo it when it comes to your children’s hygiene? How many hours a week do you spend sweeping your floors and sterilizing all spaces and toys your child touches? And how many times a day do you insist they wash their hands? How hard do you try to distance them from pets?

Have a look at the most important things you should know in terms of your children’s hygiene:

Over-emphasizing hygiene could hurt your children

Have you ever thought about the fact that moderation is key, even when it comes to children’s hygiene?

Maybe it’s time to take that approach. It’s been observed that children who are exposed to allergens and bacteria early in their infancy suffer less from the allergies and asthma later on.

Asthma and immune system specialists stress that excessively clean environments can promote allergies in later stages of children’s lives, especially food allergies and asthma. That’s because they were not exposed to allergens and bacteria at the beginning of their lives.

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Rates of asthma and allergies are higher in developed countries

This theory is based on an important observation about the high rates of asthma or, for example, eczema in developed countries, compared with the rates recorded by third world countries where standards of hygiene are looser and more dependent on the immune system.

It was also observed that children brought up on farms were less affected than others by different types of allergies. As a result, specialists translate these results into scientific health standards.

Children’s hygiene experts’ preliminary recommendations for you:

There’s no harm in your child getting dirty while playing or eating.

Don’t over-sterilize your child’s hands during the day.

Avoid antibiotic soap as much as possible, and make sure your child washes with water and soap made of natural ingredients.

Don’t be afraid to share food or drinking water with your child—as long as you’re not sick, of course.

Finally, avoid giving your child antibiotics for every health issue, and work with their doctor to treat these cases of illness with as little medication as possible.

This article was first published on babyarabia.com